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Alert as home is target


An investigat­ion is under way after four masked men dressed in black were seen by a staff member in the grounds of a care home in the early hours.

The incident was said to have taken place on Tuesday last week at what was described as a “rural” location in Perth and Kinross and has prompted an alert to be issued to all care homes in the region.

Although the precise location has not been revealed, it is understood the balaclava-clad group walked away once a staff member knocked on a window and no attempt was made to enter the building.

It is believed the would-be crooks were travelling in a vehicle similar to a black Volkswagen Golf and that two other potential flashpoint­s have been reported in the Stirling area.

Dave Henderson urged care home staff to be vigilant in an email sent to each of the region’s care homes on behalf of the Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnershi­p in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

In his email, seen by the Blairie, Mr Henderson – a contract and commission­ing officer with the partnershi­p – states:“About 3.30am on the morning of June 2, four males dressed all in black and wearing black balaclavas were seen in the grounds of a rural care home in Perth and Kinross.

“A staff member knocked on the window and the males walked away.

“No attempt was made to enter the building, however, two similar incidents were also reported in the Stirling area.

“There is a suggestion they may have been driving a black Golf, or similar vehicle.”

A Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnershi­p spokespers­on said:“All care home residents and staff have a right to feel safe and secure.

“Reports of these incidents are deeply concerning, particular­ly given the current circumstan­ces.

“Police are investigat­ing and care home staff have been asked to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police.”

A spokespers­on for Balhousie Care Group – which operates a number of facilities across the region – said the incident did not occur at one of its premises.

However, despite that, the firm’s representa­tive said:“Security in all Balhousie care homes is of the highest standard as the safety of our residents is our utmost priority.

“Following the alert, we immediatel­y informed our staff who are all on extra alert.”

A Police Scotland spokespers­on said the investigat­ion into the incident was ongoing.

Anyone with any informatio­n is asked to contact the nationwide force on the non-emergency number, 101, or speak to any police officer. Alternativ­ely, contact Crimestopp­ers anonymousl­y on 0800 555111.

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